Vegan Saudi Prince Rejecting Dirty Fossil Fuels, Promoting Solar Energy

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Vegan Saudi Prince Rejecting Dirty Fossil Fuels, Promoting Solar Energy

Post by Dreamweaver » 24 Feb 2017, 00:10

This is Marvellous! I do hope it leads to other reforms.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil and over 90 percent of the nation’s revenue comes from the oil business but Khaled bin Alwaleed hopes to changes this. He has invested millions of dollars in an industrial solar panel factory and hopes that this clean energy will be able to replace fossil fuels in the future. In his most recent effort to promote clean energy, he has installed 100,000 LED lights across Amad Jordan along with solar panels to power them. The project is estimated to cut the local government power bills by as much as 60 percent.

Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed told The National Observer, “Climate change and the unjustified consumption of energy are two of the most serious issues we face today at the macro-level.” He has been speaking at various business forums about his vision fo Saudi Arabia’s clean energy economy – and Saudi Arabia is listening. His father recently announced $50 million investment Breakthrough Energy Ventures as part of a larger plan to put over one billion dollars into clean energy technologies. Saudi Arabia also signed on to the 2016 Paris Agreement and the oil-rich nation has announced that they will be completely rid of their oil dependency by 2035.

While Khaled bin Alwaleed’s effort to bring clean energy to the Middle East is inspiring, he’s not stopping at LED lights. He sees his fight for clean energy as directly linked to his vegan lifestyle. He told the National Observer, “Animal welfare, factory farming, the environment — usually they’re solvable if we look at things in an economic way, a humane way and a practical way rather than a greedy way.” And he is right.

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